Learn archaeological skills and explore military history

DO you have an interest in military history? Would you like to find out how to run an archaeological survey?

Archaeologists from Manchester Metropolitan University are running free archaeological survey training days on September 7 and 8 as part of the Recording the Bay project in Morecambe Bay.

The project will look at the military history of Morecambe Bay in two areas, Walney Island and Cockerham Sands.
Volunteers who have taken part will then go on to collect information about the landscape for the production of Conservation Statements for the areas.

The lumps of concrete, brick built structures and metal fittings bear testament to the military installations that once covered the South Walney Reserve. These crumbling remains once formed part of a complex of WW1 and 2 defences used to protect Barrow-in-Furness from enemy attack.

During the training and recording sessions volunteers will get a chance to be trained in and use a variety of archaeological survey techniques to map and record the military structures and features contained on the Reserve, including photogrammetry, Total Station survey and rapid written/photographic records. They will also learn how to interpret the sites/buildings and explore how they functioned in the wider defensive landscape and learn how to use desk-based research, including historical/military records, photographs and maps/plans to understand the sites recorded.

Research and records will be shared with others, including the Historic Environment Record, Archaeological Data Service and Home Front Legacy Project.

The event is organised by the Morecambe Bay Partnership. To sign up to take part in the event, click here.